Hello Gang! First off, my apologies for the lack of posts this past week…and especially for the lack of food posts. Its been a rather busy week and I’ve been in a bit of a food rutt to boot. So, most everything I’ve cooked either hasn’t been photographed (totally awesome homemade Mongolian Beef recipe…could the Today show please vacate Beijing now?!?), or have already been documented in painful detail here already (homemade cinnamon rolls, blueberry crumble bars, asian shrimp toasts). A rutt, I say.
Oh, speaking of those cinnamon rolls, I actually made them for a brunch I attended over the weekend with some new blogger friends. Hosted by the lovely Jessi of To Kiss the Cook, I’d like to give a little shoutout to my new friends: Lisa, Nilsa, Angie, and the hilarious, Alexa. Awesome to meet you in person. I’ll be reading each of you regularly now!
With that little speech out of the way, on to an update from the wedding front. Bridesmaid dresses. Loathesome, awful topic that it is. I hate bridesmaid dresses. Generally speaking, they are stupid, brightly-colored abominations destined for one night of glory followed by a lifetime laying in a wrinkled, wine-stained heap at the back of a closet. Unfortunately, they seem to be a necessary evil for most weddings. Especially if, like me, you’ve lost your mind and chosen 7 of your closest friends to stand up in your wedding party. Pictures could look really strange if you just tell everyone to show up in any “blue” dress of their choice.
So, I’ve spent months trying to find dresses that would be good looking, affordable, and easy to purchase (the girls are literally spread out across the country). A simple task right? Nope. My highest hopes started with J. Crew and Ann Taylor, both of whom offer a line of ready-to-wear bridesmaid dresses that can be ordered individually, directly from their site…just like you’d order a sweater or a pair of shoes. Unfortunately, they offer an extremely limited number of colors and styles, none of which suited our wedding. Not to mention the prices (in my opinion, too high for what will be the apparel version of a one-night stand).
We also tried a few custom bridesmaid designers like Coren Moore…available direct from the company (though all orders must gathered by the bride and sent in together via fax) or a bridal shop. Found some very cute options, but I wasn’t about to ask my maids to pony up $300 – $400 for a dress they’ll never wear again…and I do understand that you’ll Never. Wear it. Again.
The process at this point was becoming incredibly frustrating…especially since I’d found my wedding dress in exactly one day (it was the first dress I tried on). This should have been easy. So….in a last-ditch effort…after reading a couple of reviews on www.Weddingbee.com, I did something I never thought I would: I visited www.davidsbridal.com (Pause for dramatic effect).
I’ve been to their brick-and-mortar stores before and generally found them to be the bridal version of the dollar store: Loud, suburban, brightly lit, overcrowded and generaly packed with crap I didn’t want. I didn’t hold out much hope for their online establishment at first…until I found their limited selection of dresses available only on the site. Similar to the offerings at J. Crew or Ann Taylor, these dresses are supposed to have trendier, more modern designs than their traditional in-store offerings, come in “normal” sizes and are available as ready-to-wear (you get your dress about 10 days after you order). They had a wide range of colors…one thats a perfect match for our shade of “robin’s egg blue” and some very cute styles. And the prices are pretty reasonable. The dress that I chose, with taxes and shipping, should cost each maid $120. Not too bad in the land of overpriced bridal frocks.
So, there you have it…and above you have a picture of the dress. This is one wedding planning activity I’m more than happy to have out of the way (next, on to CAKE!). I’d love your opinions on the whole bridesmaid thing…any stories (or pictures) of your own to share?
And I promise a real-live food post soon (I’ve got a cookie craving I need to deal with. And don’t forget…tThe cupcake challenge is still open!